The Obesity Epidemic: Have you heard of it – or better yet, have you noticed the population gaining more weight? We at Farm Girl Fresh encourage you to do your research about the obesity epidemic. Many well-known doctors and scientists believe it is diet related and we agree. It wasn’t until the mid-nineteen hundreds when processed foods hit the shelves that obesity started to become more prevalent.
So, where do you start? Counting calories? Counting fat grams or grams of sugar? Tracking the foods you are consuming? We view the obesity epidemic as a form of nutrient deficiency. And while it is entirely possible to overeat certain foods, it could be your body is telling you to eat more nutrient-dense food.
Here are a few tips on selecting these nutrient-dense foods to stop weight gain, lose some extra pounds or to regain optimal health:
1) Don’t count calories. Fat is high in calories, but good fats like butter, ghee, coconut oil, lard and olive oil, are great oils that are a preferred source of fuel for our bodies. These high-quality calories (fat) are good for our bodies and many people do not consume enough of them.
2) Eat lots of vegetables. Make sure every meal you eat is made up of a large portion of vegetables. This is crucial to get all the roughage and nutrients our bodies need daily.
3) Eat high-quality protein every day. This includes grass-fed meat, free-range poultry, wild-caught fish, wild game, eggs and organ meats.
4) Cut out the processed sugar. This is a huge change from long ago. We are consuming so much more sugar today than we did even fifty years ago. Sugar causes insulin resistance and makes our bodies put on fat. Four grams of sugar equals one teaspoonful. That means that a typical can of soda often contains 10 teaspoons of sugar or more! (That’s almost 1/4 cup of sugar!) Not only is sugar hard on our organs and causes us to age faster, the inferior calories in processed sugar replaces calories that we could be filling with nutrient-dense calories. If you are going to count something when it comes to your diet, count your sugar intake and try to limit the amount you consume. When you do choose to consume sweets, use natural sweeteners such as raw honey, pure maple syrup, coconut and fruit that are filled with healthy nutrients.
5) Avoid processed foods. Most processed foods contain trans fats. These foods also contain chemicals like msg (monosodium glutamate) and artificial sweeteners that trick your brain into consuming more of them. If you eat real food, you will be more in tune with what your body actually needs for nutrients.
6) Limit Grains. We like to choose more nutrient-dense meals containing meats, vegetables and fat. However, if you do consume the occasional grains, make sure you prepare them correctly and eat in moderation.
7) Lastly, we are fans of fasting. Not only is there a Biblical point to fasting, there are benefits to our bodies as well. Going without food here and there helps our bodies regulate its blood sugar and hormones.
Bottom line, if we fill our bodies with rich, nutrient-dense food, we won’t crave as much of the meaningless, chemically-laden foods that line our grocery store shelves. It may take some extra work, but by preparing nutrient-dense food that our bodies need, we can make sure that we keep our health intact and live the highest quality of life as possible.
Content is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. See your doctor.